Archive for October, 2012

WildWest Mod: 10th Anniversary News

The WildWest was the first MOD created for Return to Castle Wolfenstein, nearly 10 years ago to the date (October 22, 2002).  It's creators, Hewster and B0ltyB0y were pioneers in the RtCW mapping/modding scene.  One of the original goals was to create as near as possible a Total Conversion MOD from the start, using as little RtCW content as possible (baring the sdk of course). This would turn out to come in handy years later.  The RTCW source code was released under GPL on August 12, 2010.  Since that time, a small (but dedicated) following has been waiting for the inevitable; a new and Free release of The WildWest – as a stand-alone game.

WW: El Paso
Currently a WW RC is in the beta stages, but I already had a chance to run around on an old familiar map… El Paso.  The original was created by Mario "DeadKennedy" Messer, for Western Quake III.  With the assistance of Hewster, Ringo, and countless others, we converted the map over to the WildWest – and I heavily modified it from there.  Although I would not take credit for the original map, I am pleased to see "something" I worked on will be apart of a published game, and will be freely available for anyone to download and play.
In fact, I'm considering the re-installion of GTKRadiant… 
We'll see.  🙂

Activating Windows 8 Enterprise

Depending on a number of factors, you may be faced with a similar issue.  In a nutshell, the native UI in Windows 8 informs you that it is unable to activate windows right now, please try again later.  After some digging around, I realized that I never actually entered my key during setup, and maybe that was the underlying issue.

Problem is; there is no easy way to input your key in the Windows 8 UI.  But there is a simple enough workaround:

Activating Windows 8


  • Open Start Menu.
  • Type "run" and press enter to invoke it.
  • Type "slui 3" and press enter.
  • Enter your product key and Activate.
  • Done!


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HP uCMDB – Neebula Integration

Neebula advertises an HP uCMDB integration which uses a patented automatic Service Modeling technology (ServiceWatch)… one that dramatically reduces the time it takes to build Service models in UCMDB/RTSM.

Neebula CMDB

Their webinar claims ServiceWatch can reconcile cleanly with DDMa CI's, though it is not shown in the demo.
Unfortunately, an explanation of how the automatic "top-down, entry-point" Service Modeling actually works, is also missing.
Beyond simple Service Modeling use cases, I cannot see how a HTTP URL entry-point for example will take me all the way back, past the network layer, to not only the clustered app servers themselves, and running software therein, and the separate and clustered DB's supporting them, but the critical DB instances themselves.  There are so many "what-ifs" along this path that I can't help but think of the great potential for misleading models! 
Further, if the Service Delivery team is now in charge of building Service Models – as the webinar seems to suggest, how will IT or Service Delivery ever know if an application is even right?
There is still a disconnect – no matter how revolutionary this "entry-point" modeling is, the models still need to be verified, scrubed, etc.
Which is of course the "lengthy" portion of Service Modeling in the uCMDB to begin with.
Regardless, I'd like to be proven wrong – Service Modeling IS the "achilles heel" of the UCMDB/BSM suite of products.
Take a look for yourself.  What do you think?

Windows 8 Performance Monitoring

Performance Monitor on Windows 8

"Most of what I’ve said thus far about Windows 8 hasn’t been good. I’ve stated on a few separate occasions my belief that this OS is a disaster in the making. But last week a couple of representatives from Microsoft showed me the Windows Assessment Toolkit, and it’s one of the most advanced and easy-to-use methods I’ve yet seen for measuring system performance…"

HP Discovery not available for Linux Probes

I guess it never came up in the field, but the Discovery Flow Probe Linux installation can only be used for integrations… not discovery.

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